Get a free copy of Avatar with purchase of the Panasonic PT-AE7000U 3D projector

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The movie that revolutionized 3D for movie theaters and the projector that brings the experience home have paired up on a pretty sweet deal.

This month only, get a free copy of Avatar on 3D Blu-ray with your purchase of the Panasonic PT-AE7000U 3D projector.

The projector must be purchased between Feb. 1 and 29, 2012. The rebate form must be postmarked by March 31, 2012. Check out the full details of the rebate here»

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Projector Central reviews the Optoma HD33

Optoma HD33 3D Projector

The Optoma HD33 3D projector is causing quite a stir in the bargain-priced 1080p 3D market. Projector Central breaks down the features of this $1500 gem in their recent review.

“This is the first 1080p 3D projector to break the $3000 mark, let alone the $1500 mark, and that in itself is worth getting excited about. Add to that the HD33’s solid 2D performance, great color, radio-frequency glasses, and virtual absence of crosstalk and you’ve got a projector that is a solid value at twice the price.” – Projector Central

Available just in time for football season, we rate the Optoma HD33 as a first-string playmaker for a practice squad price!

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…and stay tuned to the Projector People blog for a chance to WIN one of these babies!

Back to School Technology Guide

Teacher Educator Back to School Technology Guide Projector

Whether you’re a college student, a travelling professor or a 10th grade science teacher, Projector People has everything you need to get you back to school with the latest technology.

Without further ado…

Best Projector for K-12 Educators – Casio XJ-M245

This feature-packed projector is ideal for K-12 teachers on a budget. Featuring LED projection (which means no costly lamp to replace!), the Casio XJ-M245’s 1.5x optical zoom allows students to easily see the content. Use MobiShare® to wow your students by projecting content right from your smart phone or tablet computer, then pull out the 3D glasses because the XJ-M245 is DLP 3D-ready… to blow your students away!

Only $1,199! Get the Casio XJ-M245 now »

Best Projector for College Students – Vivitek Qumi

Or as we like to call it: the Mighty Mouse of projectors. College students love the Qumi for its size (wayyy smaller and lighter than your Chemistry book) and ferocious features: it’s 3D-ready, high-definition and includes an LED lamp, so you’ll never have to buy an expensive bulb!

The Qumi can easily be connected to a variety of devices including, but not limited to smart phones, laptops, netbooks and tablets, digital and video cameras. Brighter than most comparable projectors, the Qumi is available in both black and white versions in case you want to color-coordinate with your new iPhone. Sweet!

Only $499! Get the Vivitek Qumi now »

Best Projector for Travelling Professors – Hitachi CPX9

Are you a road-warrior teacher, travelling from classroom to classroom, who needs a light, easy-to-use projector at an affordable price? Hey, we know those adjunct positions don’t come with lots of dollar signs attached, but we’re here to help!

Check out the Hitachi CPX9 – our pick for a “major bang for minor buck” projector. At 3200 lumens, the CPX9 is one of the brightest entry-level projectors and is equipped with an LCD lamp for crisp, clear color reproduction. It’s easy to connect to various inputs and includes a built-in speaker… just another thing you won’t have to carry with you!

The bargain price includes a case and remote to make taking the small CPX9 along in your laptop bag a breeze. And if life on the road is a little hard on your projector, don’t worry—the CPX9 is backed by a three-year warranty.

Only $699! Get the Hitachi CPX9 now »

Best Interactive Projector Mount for Educators – Chief Interactive Mount

We love this mount so much that we already wrote a blog post about it.

Here’s the skinny—if you want a lifetime of interactivity from low-price projectors, make the investment up-front for the Chief interactive mount and you’ll be happily interacting with your content for years to come. The mount works with any short-throw projector and turns any wall into an interactive surface.

Only $1,239! Get the Chief Interactive Mount now »

Best Interactive Projector for K-12 Classrooms – Epson 455WIRM BrightLink

This ultra-short throw powerhouse is perfect for K-12 educators who want complete interactivity without a bulky interactive board.

The BrightLink’s flexible design allows it to project interactive content on nearly any surface including a wall, whiteboard or chalkboard (by mounting with the included wall mount or on a cart) or a table with the optional Copernicus interactive table mount.

The flexibility extends to the projection size, too! Educators can easily adjust the interactive projection size from 59” to 96” to suit their space and needs.

The BrightLink is bundled with RM EasiTeach software, so creating interactive content is a snap. Already using a different kind of curriculum software at your school? No problem! The BrightLink 455WIRM is cross-compatible with existing curriculum software.

While we love all of the features that make the BrightLink easy to use, your budget will love the price! The Epson 455WIRM is priced significantly lower than comparable interactive whiteboards and is just as feature-rich.

Only $2,299! Get the Epson 455WIRM now »

So, what’s your favorite back to school technology?

Projector Central: “What Does ‘3D Ready’ Mean? Dispelling the Myths about 3D Projection”

Our buddies at ProjectorCentral.com posted a great article about 3D and projectors last week. Check out our take on the article below. Then read “What Does ‘3D Ready’ Mean? Dispelling the Myths About 3D Projection” for yourself here » 3d glasses

Right now, there are more than 100 3D-ready projectors on the market. The majority are geared for educational and business use, accepting 3D content only through the PC input. Currently, only one 3D projector, the LG CF3D, is designed for home theaters and 3D Blu-ray or broadcast content. (And did we mention we’re the only resellers of this awesome 1080p 3D projector?)

But in the future, 3D will be the norm. According to Pacific Media Associates, the premiere info-gathering firm for projector market information, the worldwide market for 3D-enabled projectors will grow from about 1.0 million during 2010 to nearly 5.4 million by 2014. They predict DLP technology will dominate the market.

ProjectorCentral.com had some great advice for manufacturers in the growing 3D projector field, including:

  • Elaborate on “3D-ready” There are currently four popular 3D transmission formats in use – frame sequential, frame packing, side-by-side, and checkerboard. (ProjectorCentral explains the differences in their article.) But just because a projector is labeled “3D ready” doesn’t mean it supports all four formats. In fact, it probably only supports one. ProjectorCentral recommends manufacturers label their products as “3D Frame Packing Compatible”, for example, rather than “3D ready” so customers aren’t misled. (BTW, the LG CF3D supports all of the above 3D formats.)
  • Enough with the HDMI confusion The new HDMI 1.4 standard brags that it now supports 3D signal transmission. But in reality, previous versions of the HDMI connection also supported 3D. For example, Sony’s PS3 is an HDMI 1.3 device, yet it can play 3D games and Blu-ray discs. ProjectorCentral recommends you shop for features, not version numbers, when you buy an HDMI cable. That’s always been our stance too. (On a side note, the HDMI consortium is on the same page. They’ve banned manufacturers from displaying the standard (i.e. 1.4, 1.3 or 1.3b) on product packaging. Instead, manufacturers are encouraged to list the cables’ features.)

What would you tell or ask projector manufacturers about 3D projection? As an authorized reseller of the popular projector brands, we get a lot of face-time with manufacturers and those with the inside scoop. Post your questions and comments below.

In the meantime, check out our 3D and projectors guide to find out more about the third dimension and home theater.

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Screen Innovations brings 3D out of the dark

3D projectors for home theater are finally here! The LG CF3D is the world’s first 1080p 3D-ready projector designed to play Blu-ray discs and other three-dimensional content. We’re so psyched!

Now, Screen Innovations has taken 3D enjoyment at home one step further with its Black Diamond projector screen. This screen allows you to watch 3D content without worrying about ambient light.

SI’s Black Diamond Screen increases an image’s contrast by 900%. Higher contrast means sharper images, even with the lights on. The Black Diamond screen also preserves the projector light’s polarization properties, eliminating the ghosting often seen with passive 3D images.

(See our 3D and projectors guide to learn more about 3D technology.)

And did we mention this screen also does an amazing job with good ol’ 2D content?

Check out the happy guys at SI showing off the Black Diamond screen in the video below. (Love the glasses, guys!)



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